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Julia Sully papers, [ca. 1730]-1948

Sully, Julia, 1870-1948

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 1,650 Items, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical and genealogical material; writings; letters; photographs; research material on portraiture in Virginia; and research material on Thomas Sully.
REEL 1093: A card index of portraiture in Virginia, ca. 1730-1944, compiled by Sully, probably for Art Index Division. Information listed includes artist name, subject, size, date painted, owner, and description.
REELS 2524-2525: Biographical and genealogical information; writings and notes; postcards and letters; photographs of Sully and family members; monthly work reports for the Works Progress Administration Art-Index Division of the Virginia Conservation Commission, including clippings, notes, photographs, and correspondence on historical portraits and other art in Virginia. Also included is research material on Thomas Sully and letters from Isabella Sully regarding Robert Sully.

Biographical/Historical Note

Historian; Richmond, Va.; b. 1870; d. 1948. Director of the Works Progress Administration Art Index Division in Richmond. Her great uncle was painter Thomas Sully.


Material on reel 1093 lent for microfilming by Virginia State Library. Material on reels 2524-2525 lent for filming 1982 by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1093: Originals in Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va.
  • Reels 2524-2525: Originals in Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1093 and 2524-2525 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Julia Sully papers, [ca. 1730]-1948. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.